Question question about Windows 11 preview and upgrading

QueBert

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Jan 6, 2002
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So I was bored and stupidly joined the Win 11 DEV program in September. I guess I didn't remember how when I did the same crap with XP, when the final came out I had to do a clean install. So I googled this and read that if you disable stop getting preview builds when MS rolls out the official the system will be updated. Naturally, the option's grayed out on mine. I Googled and see you can possibly fix this with a change to the registry. But it's not recommended as it can hose your system. So I saw there was an official Win 11 ISO on MS's site. Of course, you can't just install it over the preview build, only Windows 10. So I did some reading and am finding the wording a bit confusing.

I'm assuming since I can't turn off the option to stop getting preview builds, I won't get the release version of 11 in whenever MS rolls it out over the next few months. But if I can't change the grayed out option, and I can't install directly from the ISO. Is there any way I'll be able to get the retail 11 on my laptop without performing a clean install? Google's telling me the preview version will expire in September. So I'm trying to wrap my head around what I can do here before September comes. I know worse case I should be able to do some sort of backup or migrate or whatever they have in the newer version of Win then do a clean install, then get everything back on like it is now. Would that even work here though?
 

QueBert

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You should be able change out of the Dev program to the release version. I followed this:

Thanks for the reply, should being the key word, The option to opt-out of the dev program's grayed out and from a lot of reading on Google there are others having the same issue. And it doesn't seem like MS is even addressing this, so I don't see them fixing it. I suppose by September maybe an alternative method to fix this might surface.
 

Muadib

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May 30, 2000
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That's horrible! I guess you will have to install Windows 10 over your current 11. What the heck was Microsoft smoking?
 

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